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Voices for a New City educational performance series makes its debut in Philadelphia January 2 - 6, 2013 at the Adrienne Theatre   By PRWEB

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) December 27, 2012

New City Stage Company is proud to present the inaugural production of their new education program, the Voices for a New City ensemble. MIDNIGHT ON A SCHOOL NIGHT is an original play written, performed and directed by the ensemble. The show will have 5 performances on the Main Stage at the Adrienne Theatre in Philadelphia January 2 - 6, 2013. All tickets are free but reservations are recommended. RSVPs can be made by calling the box office directly at (215) 563-7500 or emailing More information can be found by clicking here.


The Voices for a New City Ensemble was conceived by Artistic Director Ginger Dayle during the 2011-12 season in order to give a unique opportunity for young artists in Philadelphia to showcase their performing, writing, directing and production talents. Unlike most theatre company education programs which pick an already existing play, Ms. Dayle wanted to give participants the opportunity to highlight their specific skills instead of just performing in another play.

The was designed to present a special event, which is an original play conceived, written, performed and produced by the members of our New City Young Ensemble.

The piece will have a Philadelphia focus from a young person's point of view. This is a 4 month long process of rehearsal, collaboration and creation. This exciting new venture is designed, managed and programmed by our interns, giving college students and recent graduates the opportunity to create a professional theatrical presentation and the opportunity to showcase their talents to the greater Philadelphia arts community.

This program is under the artistic direction of New City Stage Company's Artistic Associate Kevin Rodden.

Kevin Rodden, a Philadelphia native, graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. was the dramaturg for New City Stage's sold-out fall hit RFK, about the last 4 years of Bobby Kennedy's life. The show will be see again in July at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C. as well as at the Adrienne Theatre again in November 2013 to start the 2013-14 season. He appeared in the ensemble of the Philadelphia premiere of MRS. BOB CRATCHIT'S WILD CHRISTMAS BINGE as well as playing Young Ebeneezer Scrooge. He will assistant direct the first professional production of the Tony Award-winning play HURLYBURLY for New City Stage in March 2013.


Rebecca is studying an unexplained phenomenon in Philadelphia. She is hard-working and focused. Timescapes away, an outlaw pigeon wrangler and his ward Winky eke out an existence in a Philadelphia that has been torn asunder by years of isolation since a mysterious incident. They attend the sermons of a prophet named William, a provocateur and would-be revolutionary. When a secret portal is discovered between the two worlds, Rebecca and Winky must decide what their lives are worth, together or apart.

A brand-new, collaboratively conceived and composed piece, and the debut project of the Voices for a New City program at New City Stage Company, this currently in-progress work will feature members of the creative ensemble stretching the limits of storytelling and grappling with the themes and issues that affect them. In an attempt to rebut the adage that "there are no new ideas," ensemble members took elements of the city of Philadelphia that inspired them, and created a unique and, dare we say, original story.

ENSEMBLE and their hometowns

Calvin Atkinson, Boston, MA
Hank Curry, Langhorne, PA
Amy Frear, Reading, PA
Laurel Hostak, Austin, TX
Adrianna Alicia Matthews, Philadelphia, PA
Kevin Rodden, Philadelphia, PA
Sam Sherburne, Indiana, PA
Stephanie Santos, Miami, FL

All ensemble members are currently young artists residing in Philadelphia.

The show is receiving support form the New City Stage Company administrative staff as well as an educational grant from Bank of America.

The Wednesday, January 2, 2013 8 PM performance is a preview.

Opening night is Thursday, January 3, 2013. There will be a complimentary reception, including libations, with the cast and staff afterwards in the theatre. All attending patrons are welcome to attend.

Members of the press should contact our PR staff directly at Publicity(at)NewCityStage(dot)org for interviews, information and arrangements.

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